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Director of Plant Operations

The Director of Operations plans, directs and coordinates the operations of our 20,000 square foot beverage manufacturing and HPP tolling facility.  This is a key position that supervisors three department managers and works closely with the CEO and CFO to formulate policies and manage daily operations.  T

The Director of Operations will:

  • Provide overall direction and guidance to the operation with the objective of maximizing growth and profitability.
  • Ensure on-time delivery, productivity and cost targets are met, while meeting or exceeding customer requirements for quality, delivery, and responsiveness. 
  • Drive initiatives to foster a best-in-class safety culture.

Job Duties:

•     Partner with the CEO to coordinate the operational planning process throughout the Company, gaining active participation of key members of management.

•     Responsible for end-to-end supply chain, manufacturing, facilities management, and cost improvement.

•     Develop and sustain an environment of continuous improvement, optimizing schedule adherence, refining operational efficiency, and increasing profitability and productivity.

•     Build, train, sustain and motivate an operations team capable of achieving all productivity targets and output requirements to service customers with product on time, in full and right first time.

•     Establish clear plant goals and objectives in alignment with corporate strategies and business initiatives.

•     Monitor and ensure compliance with all safety, food safety, environmental, GMP rules, regulations and policies.

•     Maintain compliance with State & Federal environmental regulations.

•     Guarantee plant operates safely and in compliance with OSHA and regulatory mandates.

•     Ensure plant is operated in compliance with all environmental regulatory standards.

•     Identification, development, and execution of cost savings / productivity projects.

•     Collaborate with Director of Finance and the evolving inventory/procurement team on management of purchases, to include materials, supplies, and utilities.

•     Foster a positive, motivated work environment.

•     Ensure that operations meet the company’s sustainability goals and social enterprise mission to grow the local food economy through increased access to food processing technology like HPP.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in relative industry required.
  • Minimum five years of plant leadership experience in manufacturing
  • Knowledge of transportation, logistics, and distribution
  • Mastery level experience with ERP and inventory management software
  • Leadership, attention to detail, analytical thinking, and dependability
  • Strong team building, decision-making and people management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing
  • Ability to work overtime as needed
  • Ability to work holidays, weekends or different shifts as needed
  • Working knowledge of OSHA regulations, environmental regulations and labor law
  • Willingness to travel overnight, and to work night and weekend shifts for special projects
  • Ability to perform physical job duties including bending/stooping and lifting a minimum of 50 pounds
  • Ability work under special work conditions such as extreme heat or cold.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in related field.
  • Industry knowledge of co-manufacturing and ingredient sourcing
  • Forklift certification and experience training staff with material moving equipment
  • HACCP certification
  • PCQI certification
  • SQF experience
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish, both written and verbal

Status:                              Full Time, Exempt

Compensation:               Competitive salary based on experience

Benefits:                           Medical, Dental, Vision, Retirement Contribution, PTO, Paid Holidays

Working conditions are normal for a plant manufacturing ready-to-eat refrigerated products. Food safety practices are followed and upheld to the full extent. Work will involve living of raw materials, finished cases of product or bags of refuse. You will be required to wear face masks, observe hygiene and social distancing policies and wear safety glasses during sanitation. The work environments is cold and requires standing and walking during the full shift.

New Mexico Fresh Foods is located in Albuquerque, minutes from the intersection of Tramway and I-25. Only direct applicants need apply. Recruiters, please do not contact this job poster.

Equal Opportunity Employer. This company will provide equal opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

We E-Verify. This company participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.

Juice Team Supervisor

The Juice Production Lead is a key member of the Production Crew, serving as a leader and role model to fellow employees and assisting with daily management production activities.  This team member is also integral to the proper training of all production crew and ensuring that operations comply with food safety regulations and company procedures and policies for a safe and supportive working environment. 

The Juice Production Lead also works to ensure that Company standards are upheld and the product meets quality standards. This means the food and juice prepared by New Mexico Fresh Foods is prepared correctly and efficiently and it is presented well. The Lead works closely with the Production Manager to make sure that the facility is properly cleaned on a regular schedule, waste is disposed of properly and the facilities complies with all food and safety regulations. 

Additionally, the Lead will help the Production Manager create and implement plans to control labor costs and increase efficiency, while maintaining a sustainable, quality work environment for employees.

Job Duties:

  • Work with Production Manager to ensure that daily plant quality and food safety operations follow company policies, procedures, customer requirements, local, state, and federal regulations.
  • Provide training to production personnel concerning FSP, OSHA, FSMA and other regulatory compliance.
  • Support the Food Safety Program, including monitoring and validating effectiveness and compliance with regulatory and legal requirements.
  • Participate on the HACCP management team.

Required Qualifications:

  • Associates Degree in science related field OR minimum 1-year prior supervisory experience in a food manufacturing setting
  • Understanding of FDA/USDA regulations and GMP in a food manufacturing facility
  • Ability to perform physical job duties including bending/stooping and lifting a minimum of 50 pounds
  • Ability work under special work conditions such as extreme heat or cold.
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office programs and other computer skills
  • Ability to work overtime as needed
  • Ability to work holidays, weekends or different shifts as needed
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Willingness to travel overnight, and to work night and weekend shifts for special projects

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in science related field
  • 2-year prior experience in food manufacturing facility
  • Understanding of Lean Manufacturing principals
  • HACCP certification
  • Experience with OSHA
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish, both written and verbal

Status:                              Full Time, Exempt

Compensation:               $20.00-$28.00/hour

Benefits:                           Medical, Dental, Vision, Retirement Contribution, PTO, Paid Holidays

Working conditions are normal for a plant manufacturing ready-to-eat refrigerated products. Food safety practices are followed and upheld to the full extent. Work will involve living of raw materials, finished cases of product or bags of refuse. You will be required to wear face masks, observe hygiene and social distancing policies and wear safety glasses during sanitation. The work environments is cold and requires standing and walking during the full shift.

New Mexico Fresh Foods is located in Albuquerque, minutes from the intersection of Tramway and I-25. Only direct applicants need apply. Recruiters, please do not contact this job poster.

Equal Opportunity Employer. This company will provide equal opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

We E-Verify. This company participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.

Procurement & Inventory Specialist

The Procurement and Inventory Specialist coordinates, organizes, and oversees all activities involved in the identification, acquisition, production, and distribution of the companys’ goods. 

The Procurement and Inventory Specialist will:

  • Manage activities related to strategic purchasing, material requirements planning, controlling inventory, warehousing and receiving and work closely with Production and Sales Teams to maximize availability while minimizing waste.
  • Direct the movement, storage, or processing of inventory, including the selection of transportation routes and coordination of freight.

Job Duties:

  • Develops and maintains detailed inventories of materials and supplies located in the company, at sites, and in the factory. 
  • Collaborates with other departments and stakeholders to identify and maintain required resources needed to establish and provide an effective supply chain and optimize production.
  • Establishes performance metrics for measurement, comparison, or evaluation of factors affecting the supply chain; suggests improvements to increase efficiency of supply chain and profitability for the company. 
  • Identifies optimal shipment and transportation routes with attention to consolidation of warehousing and distribution. 
  • Assesses the need for material-handling equipment and staffing; makes recommendations to ensure efficient loading, unloading, movement, and storage of materials. 
  • Negotiates prices for raw material and delivery with suppliers, vendors, and/or shipping companies. 
  • Acts as part of the team coordinating engineering changes, product line extension, or new product launches to ensure timely and orderly material and production flow transitions. 
  • Monitors the performance of suppliers, assessing their ability to meet quality and delivery requirements; identifies and qualifies new suppliers in collaboration with other departments. 
  • Performs other related duties as assigned. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree
  • Minimum two years of experience in procurement and inventory management
  • Knowledge of transportation, logistics, and distribution of products
  • Experience with ERP or inventory management software
  • Leadership, attention to detail, analytical thinking, and dependability
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office programs and other computer skills
  • Ability to work overtime as needed
  • Ability to work holidays, weekends or different shifts as needed
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Training in OSHA
  • Willingness to travel overnight, and to work night and weekend shifts for special projects
  • Ability to perform physical job duties including bending/stooping and lifting a minimum of 50 pounds
  • Ability work under special work conditions such as extreme heat or cold.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in related field
  • Five years of experience in procurement, including fresh fruits and vegetables and contract negotiations
  • Relationships with fruit brokers and farmers of citrus and apples
  • Forklift certification and experience training staff with material moving equipment
  • Supervisory experience
  • HACCP certification
  • PCQI certification
  • SQF experience
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish, both written and verbal

Status:                              Full Time, Exempt

Compensation:               Competitive salary based on experience

Benefits:                           Medical, Dental, Vision, Retirement Contribution, PTO, Paid Holidays

Working conditions are normal for a plant manufacturing ready-to-eat refrigerated products. Food safety practices are followed and upheld to the full extent. Work will involve living of raw materials, finished cases of product or bags of refuse. You will be required to wear face masks, observe hygiene and social distancing policies and wear safety glasses during sanitation. The work environments is cold and requires standing and walking during the full shift.

New Mexico Fresh Foods is located in Albuquerque, minutes from the intersection of Tramway and I-25. Only direct applicants need apply. Recruiters, please do not contact this job poster.

Equal Opportunity Employer. This company will provide equal opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

We E-Verify. This company participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.

Sanitation Lead

The Sanitation Lead is responsible for ensuring the proper cleaning and sanitation of production facilities and equipment used in the manufacturing of juice and other ready-to-eat products.  This team leader positions works independently and often with other production workers to achieve outstanding sanitation results.  The Sanitation Lead reports to the Food Safety Manager and works closely with the Production Manager.  The Sanitation Lead will from time to time participate in production work.   

This position will report to work in Albuquerque at the food manufacturing facility near Balloon Fiesta Park.  On the job training is provided, however prior experience in food manufacturing is required.

Tasks:
  • Perform daily sanitation of all processing lines.
  • Promotes a safe work environment through knowledge of the sanitation program and commitment to a safe work place for all..
  • Coordinates all daily, weekly, monthly sanitation activities within the processing plant as well as the grounds surrounding the processing plant, as required by the master sanitation schedule.
  • Responsible for managing inventory controls of a supply of cleaning chemicals necessary for the operation of the cleaning program and in compliance with OSHA and FDA regulations.
  • Works with Food Safety Manager to develop and implement new methods, procedures, and systems to improve quality and food safety performance, determine and implement corrective actions.
  • Lead, motivate and develop sanitation and production personnel to achieve outstanding manufacturing and sanitation results.
  • Train sanitation and production personnel in best practices, safety, to understand MDS/SDS information, and the proper use of personal protective equipment.
  • Responsible for filling out daily sanitation logs, performance reports and shift paperwork.
  • Perform related duties as required.
Required Qualifications:
  • Commitment to quality team work
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • A minimum of 2 years related work experience in food sanitation operations, procedures, chemicals and program standards for food manufacturing.
  • Leadership skills that lead and inspire others; drive for exceptional results.
  • Strong quantitative skills, interpersonal skills and the ability to think critically.
  • Basic computer skills required.
  • Ability to read, write and speak English; bilingual in Spanish a plus
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence, including electronically.
  • Self-directed with the ability to work independently, as well as with groups.
  • Ability to reach and understand chemical labels.
  • Flexibility of schedule to work different shifts and/or potential longer shift hours or overtime as needed
  • Ability to perform physical job duties including bending/stooping and lifting a minimum of 50 pounds
  • Ability work under special work conditions such as extreme heat or cold

Status: Hourly, Part-Time or Full-Time (30+ hours/week minimum)

Compensation:                $15.00-$18.00/Hour

Full Time Benefits:          Medical, Retirement, Paid Leave, Six Paid Holidays

Production Line Worker

Production Line Workers set up and operate equipment to produce cold-pressed juice and other ready-to-eat foods. They are responsible for following correct operating procedures for food safety and product formulation, monitoring quality all the way through final bottling and case packing of products, and for sanitation of the equipment and processing area.

This position will report to work in Albuquerque at the food manufacturing facility near Balloon Fiesta Park.  A minimum of 1-year of previous food manufacturing experience is required.

Tasks:

  • Record production and test data for each product batch.
  • Follow recipes to produce goods to product specifications.
  • Set up, operate, tend, break down and sanitize equipment used to manufacture and bottle juice.
  • Select and measure or weigh ingredients.
  • Inspect and pack the final product.
  • Sanitize work environment in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures.

Required Qualifications:

  • Commitment to quality team work
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Ability to read, write and speak English; bilingual in Spanish a plus
  • Flexibility of schedule to work different shifts and/or potential longer shift hours or overtime as needed
  • Minimum 1-year experience working in food manufacturing
  • Ability to perform physical job duties including bending/stooping and lifting a minimum of 50 pounds
  • Ability work under special work conditions such as extreme heat or cold.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in food manufacturing
  • Experience with food safety compliance
  • Understanding of Lean Manufacturing principals
  • Experience with OSHA

Status:                                Hourly, Part Time or Full Time (30+ hours/week)

Compensation:                $13.00-$16.00

Full Time Benefits:          Medical, Retirement, Paid Leave, Six Paid Holidays

HPP Production Worker

HPP Production Workers load and unload items for HPP processing in a cold work environment.  They are responsible for following correct operating procedures for food safety and occupational health and safety, monitoring quality all the way through final packaging inspection, case packing and palletizing of products, and for sanitation of the equipment and storage areas in the HPP room.

This position will report to work in Albuquerque at the food manufacturing facility near Balloon Fiesta Park.  On the job training is provided, however prior experience in food manufacturing is preferred.

Tasks:
  • Load and unload packaged food items in a cold room.
  • Label products, packing items and sorting material.
  • Pack and store materials and products
  • Follow GMP processes
  • Maintain a clean work area, machines, equipment and products.
  • Use electric pallet jacks for material movement. 
  • Maintain accurate counts of product production.
Required Qualifications:
  • Commitment to quality team work
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Flexibility of schedule to work different shifts and/or potential longer shift hours or overtime as needed
  • Experience working in warehouse environment.
  • Ability to perform physical job duties including bending/stooping and lifting a minimum of 50 pounds
  • Ability work under special work conditions such as extreme heat or cold

Status:                                Part Time or Full Time, Hourly

Compensation:                $12.00-$15.00

Benefits:                             Medical, Retirement, Paid Leave, Six Paid Holidays

HPP Machine Operator

The HPP Machine Operator performs the operation of a High Pressure Processing machine, coordinates the flow of material handling and completes food safety documentation.  This position is a team leader position and provides guidance to production line workers, engaged in loading and unloading the HPP machine, case packing and palletizing loads.  The HPP Machine Operator is also responsible for inventory controls and sanitation in the room.  The position reports directly to the Production Manager and works closely with the Food Safety Manager and the Facilities and Equipment Manager. 

This position will report to work in Albuquerque at the food manufacturing facility near Balloon Fiesta Park.  On the job training is provided, however prior experience in a leadership role in a food manufacturing setting is required. 

Tasks:

  • Setup, change over, break down and operate production and warehouse equipment.
  • Understands, identifies, and interprets settings and gauges on equipment, codes, and labels
  • Ensure proper client recipe coding for tolling operation, monitor production quality control by checking for best by dates and looking for damaged product.
  • Completes necessary paperwork pertaining to production lines.
  • Maintains quality of finished product per specifications; Detect and report defective product or questionable conditions to appropriate supervisors.
  • Follows and enforces all GMP, lock out-tag out (LOTO), safety, and all other company’s policies and procedures.
  • Performs prescribed preventative maintenance on machines under supervision of the Facilities and Equipment Manager.
  • Ensures the proper receipt, storage, handling, and/or distribution of safe and quality food products at the site, including all food safety document associated with HPP tolling operations and inventory management.
  • Coordinates the work flow and material handling of production line workers in various production-related tasks to maximize the efficient operations of the HPP machine.
  • Maintains and cleans production area as needed.
  • Works scheduled hours and overtime as required
  • This list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities, as management may deem necessary
Required Qualifications:
  • Commitment to quality team work
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Previous food manufacturing and/or warehouse experience
  • Must be able to add, subtract, multiply, read, comprehend, and carry out instructions
  • Able to complete and pass safety trainings
  • Flexibility of schedule to work different shifts and/or potential longer shift hours or overtime as needed
  • Basic computer skills
  • Excellent communication skills, including ability to interact professionally in customer service
  • Ability to perform physical job duties including bending/stooping and lifting a minimum of 50 pounds
  • Ability work under special work conditions such as extreme heat or cold
  • Forklift certified.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Trained in the fundamentals of food safety, HACCP and Good Manufacturing and Distribution Practices.
  • Trained in Lock Out-Tag Out
  • Skills and experience in or comparable with food manufacturing or warehouse work
  • Ability to perform physical job duties including bending/stooping and lifting a minimum of 50 pounds

Status: Hourly, Part-Time or Full-Time (30+ minimum hours per week)

Compensation:                $15.00-$18.00, dependent on experience

Full Time Benefits:          Medical, Retirement, Paid Leave, Six Paid Holidays

How to Apply

Send Cover Letter and Resume to jobs@nmfreshfoods.com or apply in person at 5600 Venice Ave NE 9:00am to 3:00pm Monday through Friday.

Working conditions are normal for a plant manufacturing ready-to-eat refrigerated products.  Food safety practices are followed and upheld to the full extent.  Work will involve living of raw materials, finished cases of product or bags of refuse.  You will be required to wear face masks, observe hygiene and social distancing policies and wear safety glasses during sanitation.  The work environments is cold and requires standing and walking during the full shift.  

New Mexico Fresh Foods is located in Albuquerque, minutes from the intersection of Tramway and I-25. Only direct applicants need apply.  Recruiters, please do not contact this job poster.  

Equal Opportunity Employer.  This company will provide equal opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.   

We E-Verify.  This company participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.

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